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Cardinale, Smer lead St. Louis over Evansville, 8-2

Behind two goals and one assist from Frankie Cardinale and zero goals and four assists from Hayden Smer, St. Louis downed Evansville 8-2.

Cardinale scored the first of his two goals at 10:02 into the second period to make the score 3-1 St. Louis. Alex Werdmuller assisted on the tally. Cardinale\’s next tally made the score 6-2 St. Louis with 9:32 left in the third period. St. Louis earned a power play opportunity when Scott Jacobson was put in the box for checking from behind. Dominic Caito picked up the assist.

St. Louis forced Evansville goalie Adam Conkling to work between the pipes, taking 57 shots. St. Louis\’ goal total was higher than its season average. St. Louis averages 5.6 goals per game.

St. Louis additionally got points from Tomas Loeffelman, who also had two goals and one assist, Werdmuller, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Alex Klaesner, who also registered one goal and one assist. St. Louis also had goals scored by Daniel Dunaway and Frankie Melton, who scored one goal each. In addition, St. Louis received assists from Eduard Rumyantsev, who had two and Ryan Reader, CJ Nitchen, Teddy Cardinale, and Austin Dempski, who contributed one each.

Evansville was helped by Jon Grimm, who tallied two goals. Grimm scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 8:09 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Evansville. Evansville had gained a power play chance when Klaesner was whistled for high sticking. Mathieu Laforest provided the assist. Grimm\’s next tally on the power play made the score 4-2 St. Louis with 2:23 left in the second period. Michael Kelley picked up the assist. More assists for Evansville came via Triston Theriot, who had one.

St. Louis\’ Ian Dvorak stopped 28 shots out of the 30 that he faced. St. Louis incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Adam Conkling made 49 saves for Evansville on 57 shots. Evansville incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.